June 29, 1999
U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
Honorees Deeply Moved|
President Clinton Dedicates
By Rich McManus
Professing that "it's not the name on the facade or the beauty of the
building that really matters it's the indescribable relief
millions of people all over the world will get as a result of what goes
on in that building. That's what really counts," Sen. Dale Bumpers
of Arkansas and his wife Betty, longtime advocates of childhood
immunization both in their home state and the world, were guests of
honor June 9 at a ceremony in which the new Vaccine Research
Center cornerstone was dedicated by President Clinton and the
building was formally named in their honor.
Built primarily to answer a challenge Clinton issued 2 years ago to
develop a vaccine for AIDS within 10 years, the Dale and Betty
Bumpers Vaccine Research Center "will be the Cape Canaveral of
vaccine research," predicted HHS Secretary Donna Shalala.
Anticipating the day when the vaccine effort finally pays off, Sen.
Bumpers concluded his remarks in tears: "Betty and I, wherever we
are, will smile down and say we had a small role in it."